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Mission Encounter Purpose Statement

Mission Encounter prepares United Methodists for faithful living and action by participating in a transformative education program based on biblically grounded curricula in order to be in ministry for a more just and equitable world – locally and globally. Mission Encounter lives out our Virginia Conference vision, “to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.”

What is Mission Encounter?

Mission Encounter is a joint effort between VAUMC United Women in Faith and Serving Ministries, inviting members to be involved in the mission of God.
In other conferences, this gathering is known as Mission U, hosted by the United Women in Faith. Uniquely in Virginia, however, we made it a joint event and call it Mission Encounter. We pray that every member will hear the call of our Lord to be part of the mission, and be sent to the world!

What happens at Mission Encounter?

For participants, Mission Encounter is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current social justice and mission-related topics. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to all.
Mission Encounter is a cooperative event sponsored by the Virginia Conference Missional Ministries Board and the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women.

Is CEU available?

CEU credit is available for all clergy and lay professionals.
Serving 101 also qualifies as a Lay Servant Academy Continuation course.

Mission Encounter
July 2023

Mission Encounter will provide an opportunity for members to choose a course, which encourages us to live out our faith!

For course information open the Mail in Registration link above.

Registration Fee:  $30—Registration for online participation and UMCOR kit
$75—Registration for in-person class, 3 meals, and UMCOR kit
$200—Registration for in-person class, 3 meals, UMCOR
kit, and hotel room (with roommate)

Mission Opportunities


A National Mission Institution of the United Methodist Women serving Southside Portsmouth, Virginia

Contact Information:

Renyatta Banks, Executive Director

[email protected]

1701 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704 

757- 399-0541 

Facebook –     Wesley Community Service Center, Inc. – Home/Facebook

Video of UMW Program –  Wesley’s Executive Director, Renyatta Banks, is interviewed  at  virtual UMW Annual Conference Breakfast on June 12, 2021. Go to:  or UMW web page – (under “events”)

UMW and National Mission Institutions:  Wesley is the only National Mission Institution in Virginia. There are nearly 96 National Mission Institutions in the United States.   Background Information at: National Mission Institutions

Wesley’s Current Fundraiser:  Virtual Designer Handbag Raffle to be held on July 14, 2021. To purchase raffle ticket, go to:


An Outreach offering help, healing and hope for 25 years to those in need in the community

2420 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg 24501

Contact Information:


Facebook –

Parkview Board Members – Reverend Scott Davis, Superintendent, Lynchburg District UMC, and Reverend Leigh Ann Taylor, District Revitalization Coordinator,  [email protected]   –  434.832.0401

Ways to Support Parkview:  Refer to Parkview’s webpage


Reverend Umba Kalangwa and Ngyo Kalangwa are United Methodist missionaries from the Democratic Republic of Congo serving in the North Katanga Episcopal area, Morogoro, Tanzania. 

Contact Information:

The United Methodist Church

  1. O. Box 5428

Morogoro, Tanzania

[email protected]  for  Umba and Ngyo  Kalangwa 


Biographical information;– Umba Kalangwa – Ngyo Kalangwa


Descriptions of Ministries: 

[email protected] and/or [email protected]

Find information about Wesley Preschool and Primary School; Morgoro Pastor’s School;

 Susannah Wesley Education and Health Center


Video:   Link:  #Stilln Mission Umba Llunga Kalangwa.  This series connects the church to the work of missionaries all over the world through virtual meetings.

Article:  Reverend Kalangwa writes about their on-going ministry in the midst of COVID 19.


To Donate:  Advance Numbers

  • To support Umba’s salary # 14211Z
  • To support Ngoy’s salary # 15162Z
  • To support Wesley Primary School # 3020704
  • To support Morogoro Pastors’ training school # 3022261
  • To support Susannah Wesley Education and Healthcare Center # 020705

After-school programs in Methodist churches all over Brazil offering a network of support and protection for vulnerable children and youth. The Virginia Conference has been a continuous supporting partner.


Contact Information:


Rev. Emily Everett    

Global Missionary

General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church

International Partnership Promoter

Shade and Fresh Water

[email protected]

Advance #11580A 

Biographical Information:


Videos about Shade and Fresh Water:


  • #Stilln Mission Episode 31 – This series connects the church to the work of missionaries all over the world through virtual meetings.


  • Videos on YouTube – Google: “YouTube: Shade and Fresh Water”

To make a donation, go to: Shade and Fresh Water Advance

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